Four Fab Apps

Did you make a new year’s resolution to get in shape? Tech can help! Here are our favourite apps. Try them and to see if it helps you to get fitter and healthier this year?

Map My Run

This is the mobile app we use the most. It is great for runners of any ability. It does all of the usual tracking and logging that you would expect from a running app such as distance, calorie burn off, pace, nutrition etc. but what we love most is being able to trace our routes on the maps. You can save all your data, and share your routes with friends even access you friend’s routes. We love to refer back to old runs to see how we have improved. We also use it to map races we take part in as well.

iPhone/Andriod: FREE


NTCNike Training Club

It kind of feels wrong telling you how good this app is – it could put us out of a job, but, we love to help you keep active, and we highly recommend the NTC collection of workouts.
This app features more than 100 full-body, 15, 30, and 45- minute workouts from athletes, trainers, and celebrities. There are video demos and audio instructions ensuring you receive step-by-step information to get the moves right. NTC3Choose a targeted workout: Get Lean; Get Toned or Get Strong. Are you Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? Choose your fitness level to make sure the program matches your ability as well as you goals. The app measures your progress in number of workouts, minutes logged, and average calories burned. We use it to supplement our weekly training schedule and we absolutely love it!

iPhone/Andriod: FREE


noom2Noom Coach

Noom is a weight-loss toolkit that helps you to set your own goals and track your progress. It helps you form healthy habits through daily tasks, meal logging, and exercise tracking. Log meals and workouts while the integrated pedometer counts your steps all day. Noom offers daily health and wellness articles and healthy recipes too. The food log is colour-coded, which quickly teaches you which foods are really healthy (and which foods aren’t). It has a huge food database, loaded with nearly one million foods, making it’s easy to find and log what you are eating.

Did you know, people who keep food diaries, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, lose an average of 6 pounds (2.75 kg) more than people who don’t keep a record of everything that they eat? Just knowing you need to note it down can really help you to make better food choices.Noom

iPhone/Andriod: FREE


daily burnDailyBurn

Looking for an alternative to NTC? Then look no further than Daily Burn, which provides a very comprehensive library of fitness programming. It includes instructions and example videos on everything you could possibly need – yoga, weight training, circuits and stretching.
We love the demos. The fitness trainers ensure that you’re using the right technique throughout your entire workout. The app will also allow you to connect wirelessly with most Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors, allowing you to check you are working to your maximum ability and recovering sufficiently too.
You can access a lot of DailyBurn’s videos free of charge, but for a monthly fee, your upgrade will give you unlimited access to the entire library of workouts.

iPhone/Andriod: FREE

Herbstwaldlauf – Autumn Forest Run

We love a forest, and are constantly searching for any events that will take us to some nice soft trails. Living in a city means you often need to travel a fair distance to reach nature.

Not far from Tegel Airport, Tegeler Forst is easily accessible – only 30 minutes drive by car, and also just a 10 minute walk from the nearest S-Bahn at Hermsdorf. We’d say this spot is the perfect escape for city people yearning for an escape and a change of scene. It was also the location of last weekend’s 60th Herbstwaldlauf.2014-11-30 09.49.32

The race was organised by LG Nord, a local athletics club. Approximately 400 runners took part in races ranging from 1.1km to 11km. The atmosphere was super friendly and welcoming. A couple of gazebos made up the “event village”, (leave your bags by the tea and biscuits), a Start and Finish line, of course, and the view of trees beyond.

Despite the chill, -3ºC was certainly on the nippy side, the run was fantastic. The route was marked on the ground using sawdust in the shape of arrows, plus the occasional sawdust smiley on the brow of a hill – nice touch.
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The fresh air meant all runners had to get moving quickly to keep warm. The first few kilometers seemed to trudge along, my legs felt they were still somewhere back in the event village. However, once I passed the halfway mark, each kilometer marker came up faster and faster. I soon passed 10km feeling energised and exhilarated through the last kilometer to the finish line. I’m not sure why this was an 11km route. It could be dictated by the forest paths. Even so, before I knew it the event was over, and after a warm, sweet herbal tea, we were soon on our way back home again. 2014-11-30 10.30.22

Seriously, if you are in Berlin, then you should really take a trip to Tegeler Forest. The pine trees are vast, the route undulated without being noticeably challenging and the paths are perfect.

Turns out my running partner and I were 8th and 14th ladies to cross the finish line, and dare I say it, I think I ran my fastest (unofficial) 10km distance this year. You bet I’ll be searching for some more forest runs now. It looks like this will be a great winter of running!

If you want to join us in any running events, then look out for our Facebook posts. We’ll keep you updated with upcoming events.

Looking for running coaching? We coach every ability, including walkers. Learn about technique, drills, building distance, and the most effective training techniques. You can also download some of our great running routes in Berlin and London too. Just get in touch!

We are currently taking part in #Adventrunning. 25 runs in 25 days in December. It’s completely free, and up to you. Just get those trainers on and run!

Use this link for a map of the Herbstwaldlauf 11km route.

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DSC_0076 On the weekend of 7-9 November, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark this event, a light installation, the Lichtgrenze (border of lights), designed by Christopher and Marc Bauder, was constructed, consisting of around 8,000 helium balloons on sticks that traced the route of the wall for 15km through Berlin.

The city anticipated visitor numbers to reach in the region of a million people. It was going to be busy, especially on the evening of 9th November, when all the balloons would be released into the sky, sending with them, personal messages from people who nominated themselves to be balloon patrons.

IMG_4453Passing through the line of the former wall, is a daily occurrence for us. We live just over on the former eastern side of the city, weaving between west and east on our way to appointments. It’s easy to forget, for 28 years, this was never
possible for the residents of this city. With such a dramatic installation in place, we thought this would be a great run. The challenge was, how to do it with all these extra people around.

2014-11-08 06.41.19There was only one thing for it, get up before sunrise, and run towards dawn. As a city that never sleeps, this meant running past many revelers on their way out of clubs, reluctant for their evenings to end. Soon after, we started to meet dog walkers, press photographers, and even other runners like us.

We started at the East Side Gallery, the longest stretch of the original wall, famously decorated by 100 or so artists in 1990. We were led over the river, passing through deserted streets, shimmering in the twilight. In places, the balloons were our only guiding lights, through small parks, pockets of wasteland and cobbled back streets. Soon these gave way to commercial office blocks and brightly lit all-night stores.

IMG_4422We anticipated a sense of occasion as we approached Checkpoint Charlie, but sadly, it was dissapointingly ghastly as usual. A brash, artificial reminder that you will pass into the former American Sector. Too early in the morning to see the actors dressed in their army uniforms, ready for a tourist photo (thankfully).
On past the Topography of Terrors. where another section of the wall remains, we were soon reaching Potsdamer Platz, from where the Brandenburg Gate is just a few minutes run. We were excited to find the lightingDSC_0045 technicians going through their checks, ready
for that evening’s free concert events, taking place on a vast stage set up in front of this famous landmark.

From this point, the running is really picturesque. We passed the 2014-11-08 08.21.34Reichstag, and turned right, following the Lightgrenze along
the riverside, over a bridge and left again onto the opposite bank, weaving down towards Hauptbahnhof, the main station. The route follows the river for a few kilometers, the balloons reflections shimmering peacefully 2014-11-08 07.32.37in the calm water.  We pass one of the few original watch towers,
guarded heavily, searching for escape attempts across the river.
Briefly, we cross over onto the western side of the border, before turning a corner into Park am Nordbahnhof, which was once railway tracks that lead into the 2014-11-08 08.42.27main railway station. From here, the route lead us onto Bernauer
Strasse, where visitors can see the sensitively preserved area part of the Berlin Wall, including many information points telling stories of the lives of those who endured this huge divide.

2014-11-08 08.03.48Before we know it, Vivien and I have turned into Mauerpark, where the route follows almost a perfect straight line, leading you over a spectacular footbridge before finally reaching Bornholmer Strasse. It was here, on November 9th 1989, the first checkpoint opened and allowed East Germans to pass through to the DSC_0067West to find long lost friends, family, neighbours and freedom.
At this point we had an overwhelming sense of fortune as well as achievement. The sun came out, and almost seemed to be celebrating with us. It was a very special, emotional moment. We celebrated this momentous event doing something that we love, in a free society. Some things just should not be taken for granted.
You can find the route on our page at, and connect with “urbanfoxfitness”


Tough Mudder

IMG_0386Over the last couple of months, we’ve been helping a team of “Toughies” get ready for Tough Mudder, Hamburg, October 2014.

It’s one of the most hardcore obstacle courses on the race circuit. At around 18km in length, it’s not for the faint-hearted. In addition to that lengthy run, Mudders have to deal with elements such as ice, walls, electric-shocks, and, of course, mud. It’s not just a physical event, but a test of character too.

We designed 16 training sessions over a period of 2 months to incorporate all the necessary elements that would prepare the team for this endurance event. Not only did they need to be physically fit, they needed to be agile, strong and used to digging deep when the going gets really tough.

2014-08-16 09.34.42As we live and work in a European Capital City, and even though Berlin is famous for its beautiful forests and lakes, and of course, the remains of a rather large wall, we were not going to be training on terrain that would directly compare to  a Tough Mudder course. However, we like a challenge, and part of the fun of these sessions were the locations we used to find the urban features that could mimic the obstacles the guys would face during their event.2014-08-16 09.22.07

In playgrounds we used ropes, ladders, balance beams, climbing structures, sand running.

City Parks provided steps – 104 mean, long, steep, consecutive steps, hill running, monkey bars, trails and flaktowers

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Running tracks were for speed and agility.

At the office we concentrated on body-weight strength training, Tabata intervals and High Intensity Interval Training (HITT).

Plus, the hundreds of equipment free exercises that all added up to an intense training program that challenged their heart, lungs and muscles.

We asked the guys what they thought of the whole experience:

 What was the best part of the event?
“Finishing! But I most enjoyed the Double Mud Mile. Sliding into and climbing out of mud is fantastic”
“….3 days after when the soreness started to settle”
“The camaraderie!”
How would you rate the atmosphere and organisation of the event?
“….well-organised. Everyone was very excited and pumped to be starting”.
“… the atmosphere was great. Good warm up at the beginning, was nice to have a crowd at the obstacles and everyone was helpful and nice”
3. What was the worst part of the event?
“The 12ft walls were just soul-crushing, and incredibly difficult”.
“Sean breaking his fingers”.
“The electric wire… hands down”
4. Would you enter another obstacle race?
“Yeah I probably will. But I’m good for now…”
“I’d love to do another obstacle race that doesn’t require electricity”.
5. Why did you choose to use a trainer building up to the event?
“I started training for my physical well-being… I didn’t expect to feel good enough to enter the race, so was happy that my fitness progressed quickly enough to enter.
“To ensure I got into shape before undertaking this kind of activity…a smart training plan to achieve my desired results. Without it I would have been too disorganised, lacking on commitment and probably wouldn’t have achieved the same level of fitness”
“Just needed an additional bit of motivation”.
6. How would you rate the training your received?
“On a scale of 10 to 20 push-ups, it was a fun 18… 19… 20!”
“While I did not attend all of the sessions, the ones I did attend were great and they really pushed you. With Lucy’s help, you get to target different aspects of your fitness and are well prepared for the event”.


Obstacle endurance event races have become extremely popular, so it’s now pretty easy to find one taking place not far from where you live. Tough Mudder is one of the biggest, more established, worldwide events, but if you prefer something a little shorter or a slightly different focus, look out for Spartan (3 different events ranging from 5km to 20km course), Tough Guy, X Runner, Zombie Evacuation (complete with Zombies), Total Warrior, Survival of the Fittest (Urban 10km), Mud Masters (Germany), Braveheart Battle (Germany), Strongman Run (Germany).

We’d like to send out a huge thank you to the “Tough Guys” for sending us their feedback and providing a race report, for taking part in all those challenging training sessions, and for making the whole process thoroughly enjoyable and good fun. Next time, we promise to be in it with you!



 Hamburg, October 2014. They did it!

Trail Run Berlin

2014-09-14 11.54.39The Mueggelturm, located to the south of the Mueggelsee lake. 2014-09-14 11.33.06The tower is situated on Berlin’s highest natural elevation at 115m. It doesn’t sound that high really. Just a couple of lengths and a bit of my local pool, stuck end to end then placed upright. Seems OK for a 10km race.

Last Sunday we took part in Trailrun Berlin, a relatively new event, this is its second year. It’s also relatively small, with just over 300 participants.

It wasn’t clear how best to arrive. Public transport required an S-Bahn train and then a bus, but, it wasn’t obvious how frequently the buses run, or how close it would get us to the start line, or more importantly, did it even operate on Sundays? With huge gratitude another Urban Foxer had signed up for the event, who generously rented a car, solving all our public transport concerns. We swiftly arrived from Prenzlauer Berg’s city surroundings, to thick forests in about 30 minutes.

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A short walk up hill brought us to the compact event village where we collected our race numbers and rather fetching free socks! We an hour to wait before the start, so we passed the time calculating how to attach lace-fixed timing chips to elastic laces, and observing all the trail-related kit surrounding us. Plenty of professionals in this event. Vibram 5 fingers, Salomon trail shoes, compression socks and all manner of professional timing devices. I took my trusty Addidas Goretex shoes anticipating some soggy mud after the early morning downpour. I like them, they have great grip, but they do tend to make my feet hot.

2014-09-14 10.36.27Interesting that our race numbers included a motivational message. It would soon become apparent the race organiser was offering some support and advice.

The run started promptly at midday and led us over a short cobbled hill and straight into the forest paths. The ground was soft and firm, littered with autumnal leaves reminding us another Berlin winter is on its way.

The terrain undulated from the outset and by 3km we turned a corner to face the steps back up to the event village. There were 111 in total, staggered in sections of 8 steps. 2014-09-14 12.15.53Now, we are used to training on the stretch of steps in our local Volkspark which provides us with a lofty 104 consecutive steps, so we were feeling comfortable and confident. Yet the last 3 sections were very tough on the thighs, and it was only through grit and determination that my legs carried me over the top, thinking only of the stretch of downhill I will soon reach in return for my climbing effort.

A short stretch of tarmac led us back to the forest trails, which undulated through various degrees of difficulty. Some stretches were too steep to run, however, each down hill allowed us enough time to recover ready for the next effort.

The scenery was stunning. Protected by the cover of old forest trees and soaring pines, the dappled sunlight created a warm, welcoming light, while temperatures remained comfortably in the high teens. At one point we passed the banks of Tuefelsee, a small lake with high reeds, board-walks and more pine trees. It was a spectacular view, and I really wished I’d paused for a photo, but at close to the 7km mark, I wanted to keep going strong and steady. The trails ranged from wide paths to single file tracks. Sand, roots, leaves and firm ground underfoot kept our feet dry and trouble-free.

The final push to the steps for one last time really challenged us, our thighs burning, willing us to stop, then with wobbly knees, one final push across the finish line.

Organisers provided apples, bananas, water a coca cola for the all the finishers. It was hard to believe it was all over.

This race was a real escape from the city. We can highly recommend it to any running fan. You don’t have to be experienced to run the trails, or have a predetermined level of fitness. We enjoy the change of scenery. Pounding pavements can become very repetitive, and being out in the countryside is great for the mind and can really inspire you.

Why not look out for your next local trail run and see where the adventure takes you.

Find the Trail Run Berlin 10km route here



Tierpark 10km

Sunday’s Tierpark 10km was looking really good. After a cooler few weeks here in Berlin, we were suddenly being treated with a late burst of summer. Earlier on that morning, we were working with some clients, feeling positive and energised by the warmer temperatures. After all, yesterday had been a glorious day. Thermometers hitting 26 degrees.
2014-09-07 15.00.57This 10km event started later in the day, and with a staggered start time, depending on whether you were in the 5km race, or the one of the two later 10km starts. For us, it was 13:45 before we needed to be at the start line.

By this time, the thermometers were back in party mode. The sun was still shining, and the forecasted thunder storms and rain clouds were not yet ready to make their entrance.

To be honest, we cut it a bit fine to reach the start line. Tierpark is in the Eastern side of the city. A few stops by U5 from Frankfurter Tor. Not really that far from home, but the rather lengthy walk from the U-Bahn station to the start line managed to consume most of the “extra” time we had set aside to wander aimlessly through the event village. We arrived with 10 minutes to spare. threw our kit into the bag store, briefly pausing at the Dixi-loo before rushing through a few warm up moves and dashing to the start line with 30 seconds to spare.

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This event took us right through the heart of the park (and through parts where visitors aren’t allowed). We passed Polar Bears, Brown Bears, Black Panthers, Deer, and many more. The route was flat, and almost half of it was shady, but when we weren’t protected by the trees, the temperatures really were soaring. By the the end of the race the thermometer was nudging 27 degrees. My head was pounding. The water point at 5kms was a welcome sight, but completely underestimating my needs meant my body could not cope with the challenge combined with the lack of fluid.

As with all these larger events, getting across the start line was slow, but thankfully the wide paths allowed most of us a pretty trouble free route allowing us to pick up to race pace soon into the 1st km. The first half of the race went OK, although we hoped to clock less than 27 minutes by the time we reached the water point, and at this point, my dry throat was already warning me I was already too 2014-09-07 14.00.10dehydrated. It was from about 7km that my head started pounding, my surroundings becoming slightly blurred, and despite being determined to get through without stopping, it made sense to take a few short walking breaks.

The course through the zoo to the finish line was lined with supporters cheering us on. But the most welcome sight was the final water point. In fact, all I could think about was water….water…water!2014-09-07 14.52.21

So, we finished. We didn’t achieve a 10km PB, so we’ll save that for another race. There’s still some work to be done on our speed training and hill practice, so for now, we’ll be happy we survived without getting sunstroke. It’s time to focus on our next challenge.

If you haven’t visited Tierpark Zoo before, then we can highly recommend adding it to your “must see” list. It is the poor relation to Tiergarten Zoo on the western side of the city, yet we feel it offers a prettier landscape, bigger enclosures and more space for everyone – people and animals. There are often newspaper reports of it’s threatened closure due to lacking funds and high overheads. We should all visit it more often and help to increase those much needed revenues.

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Happily tucking into my (alcohol free) post-race Berliner Pilsner 



We Own The Night 2014


We came, we saw, we didn’t quite “Own” it, but we had a great time all the same!

It’s fair to say, we’ve been pretty excited about Nike’s women only running event for a while, and although it was disappointing to discover the route would follow the same paths most of our training runs take, let’s face it, half the fun of running is finding new routes, terrain and scenery, it was still exciting to enter the event village at the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark on Friday night.IMAG1821

The warm-up dragged on a bit. Supposed to start at 20:30hrs, but finally got underway at 20:55, by which time, the sun was setting and the chills kicking in. Still, Nike recovered it by turning up the stereo and got us moving to some seriously good tunes, then we were off. The route took us through Mauerpark, where crowds had gathered to cheer us on,then under our first bridge and a tingle of excitement to see it stage-lit in pinks and purples. A couple of bridges to climb, then a downhill and under the steels of Bornholmer Strasse bridge where Kiss FM had kindly staged a make-shift nightclub complete with disco balls and loud tunes. It soon became clear how motivating the music could be, and it’s certain most runners passed through with a smile on their face.

The route continued north through the beautiful, quiet residential streets of Pankow, where neighbours hung from balconies cheering us on, and kids waved by the roadside, staying up late to take in this crazy spectacle of thousands of female runners dressed in blue.IMAG1823

At km 4, the route double-backed in itself, giving us a 2nd chance to disco through Bornholmer Strasse, and face the hilly bridges we had already run once. Happily, hill running is one of our favourite sessions, so we’re always determined to keep the arms driving, powering our legs up and over the inclines. The crowds had really grown by this point, and it felt good to hear the friendly cheers of the Friday-night-revelers. Once back into Mauerpark, one last hill took us up to what remains of the Berlin Wall here, around the athletics stadium, through clouds of dry ice and under the finish line right where we had started.

It wasn’t a course for personal bests, there were just too many people and the route was too narrow. However, it meant we finished with fuel in the tank, ready for the post race party.

IMAG1822Now, sorry Nike, but the after-party did not quite meet our expectations. A DJ set in the Max Schmeling Halle was full of promises, but a volleyball-court did an excellent impression of the world’s saddest disco, and even at 10:30pm, none of those girls were going to get off the stands to be the first one to break the dancing ice. This is Berlin, and maybe they did dance later on and well into the night, who knows. But, it wasn’t just the dance floor that gave us the jitters. The food counters in the sports hall were so bad, it was embarrassing. When society is becoming more overweight, with people becoming less and less physically active, what hope is there when the food outlets in a sports venue only offer junk food. We saw hotdogs, sweet and salted popcorn, currywurst, artificially coloured iced drinks, and racks and racks of sugary snacks. Guys, we’ve just run 10kms, we are expecting some nutritional value in our refueling package. Sorry, but we are off to the nearest bar to toast our efforts over a glass of bubbly (or two).IMAG1830

Please bring the run back to Ploetzensee. Last year’s event was so pretty. Not only did the route stay mostly on trails, through a really pretty park, the event village nestled in the trees and the after party at the Strandbad were a perfect way to end the night.





31st Avon Women’s Run Berlin

IMAG1760-1On Saturday 10th May the 31st Avon Womens Running event took place, closing the main avenue that leads up to the Brandenburg Gate, and filling it with a sea of pink. The event lasted pretty much the whole day, starting off with a 5km walk, Nordic walk and run. The 10km event came later, kicking off at 6pm.

IMAG1729It is a massive event. With an entry limit of 18,000, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to see so many there. Race kit collection was an efficient operation at Karstadt Sport in Joachimstaler Str. Each entrant received a pink Addidas t-shirt, race number and timing chip.

IMAG1755The pre-race warm up by Hard Candy Fitness had the crowds swinging their hips in a Salsa style, followed by a more traditional runners-specific routine with some great motivational beats.

The course certainly wasn’t record breaking. Weaving through Berlin’s main city park, Tiergarten, it was soon evident the pathways were not wide enough for the amount of runners. Those trying to get through the masses had to weave around the slower runners, avoiding trees, bins and signposts. Upcoming water stations had to be negotiated tactically. I personally don’t need fluid on a 10k, so once I’d worked out where the 2 stations were, I decided to go wide of the tables and managed to avoid a fatal trip over a cup or fellow runner!

The course sent us back down Strasse des 17 Juni, where the big crowds cheered us on. It’s so great to hear the roar of the supporters, whatever distance you run. Our race numbers had our first names printed on the front, so if you were really lucky, someone would call your name too. This doubles the motivation as far as I am concerned!

Heading past the Brandenburg Gate for the last time, the finish line came into sight. A medal for each runner, then tables of water, followed by herbal tea, and then, of course, the Erdinger (alcohol free) Beer stands. This is a sight that never fails to impress me. This is Germany after all.

IMAG1763I finished in 52:14. Not my fastest time, but I’m pretty happy to have survived without a fatal stumble.



Buggy image onlyOur Buggy-Fit exercise classes are specifically for new Mums who want to exercise safely, effectively and confidently after birth, with their baby.

Aimed at every fitness level, the classes offer ladies a chance to workout outside, with their child by their side. 

It is important to keep fit after birth, to help your body cope with the physical demands of being a new mum. These postnatal classes include everything you need to improve your fitness levels and get your body back in shape. 

The classes are run by Lucy, a qualified Pre and Post Natal Fitness Instructor, and a mother of 2 boys.

Our Classes:

Each class lasts 1 hour and will include

  • Warm up (to prepare your body for the workout)
  • Light, fat-burning cardio moves with your buggy
  • Strengthening exercises to improve posture and work muscles
  • Pelvic floor training
  • Mat based abdominal and back exercises
  • Stretching to cool down.

Why join us?

  • Exercise helps you regain your pre-pregnancy fitness level (and help lose the baby weight),
  • Re-align your abdominal muscles safely (using recommended exercise techniques, so your workout stays safe and effective)
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor (reduce the risk of symptoms of stress-incontinence)
  • Strengthen, stretch and relieve tension (targeting pregnancy-related muscles and those areas that are over-worked as a new mum)
  • Meet other Mums and share experiences, problems and ideas.
  • Because getting outside and working out really does give you a sense of well-being.
  • Because we all have children and understand the journey you are on.

When is it safe to start exercising after birth?

If you had a natural delivery, then you can start exercising carefully from around 6 weeks after the birth.

If you had a C-section delivery, then it is advisable to wait at least 12 weeks.

We always advise checking with your Doctor and/or midwife/health visitor first.

What should I bring?

Make sure your baby is wrapped up appropriately for the weather. Carry a rain-cover, just in case a shower starts during class. If it does rain, we aim to shelter under trees where possible.

For floor exercises, you will need a mat. Nothing fancy, a blanket will do. Just a covering that is big enough to lie down on.

Your clothes should be comfortable, stretchy, and layered, in case you get hot. A sensible pair of trainers is advisable (no hidden heel inserts please!).

What if my baby is hungry?

We understand babies can’t be expected to wait for a feed, and you can feed your child during the class, that’s not a problem.

How much is a class?

Your first class is FREE!

Pay on the day price is now only €5 per class!!

Payment can be made in cash on the day.

Where are the classes?

Our first class takes place in Tiergarten on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 10am. If you wish to join us, please use our contact form to secure a place and we will send you details of the meeting point.

I have a health condition – what should I do?

We ask all our clients to complete a short Health Screening Questionnaire and registration form before they start exercising with us.

Any particular health conditions should be highlighted in this questionnaire and discussed with your fitness instructor.

If you have been advised by your GP to take up physical activity, then a medical note is also useful for your trainer.



cyclelove_jamesgreig_ivyleagueWe are always trying to find ways to help you make fitness part of your everyday life, and not just a part of your work-out routine, so this week, our hot tip is to spend a little bit of your spare time browsing CycleLove‘s website.

CycleLove is more about people on bikes, not “cyclists”, and their mission is to bring you the very best in cycle culture with art, design, style and heritage.

Founder, James Greig told us “There are lots of cycling blogs about the professional sport which celebrate the suffering and the pain and the glory, and lots which are campaigning for improved cycling safety infrastructure, but I felt there was nothing in the middle, for normal people riding bikes”.

James started out as a Graphic designer, but soon fell out of love with his job. When he started taking photo’s of cyclists around London, he needed somewhere to put them, so he began blogging. It has all developed from there. Now you can find weekly blogs, an online shop, and even a A-Z of London cycle friendly shops, cafes or other cycling related venues

His first T-shirt order was delivered by bike – over 100 miles from London to Peterborough, in person. No specialist kit, no back-up crew, no water stations, just James and his bike, on a mission.

“…. the humble bike can enable you to do big things. You don’t need special equipment. You don’t (most of the time) need lycra, or high visibility clothing, or carbon fibre bottle cages. You just need to get out there on your bike and enjoy the ride.”

So, if you have a bike, and it’s a little lonely, why not take it out for a spin this weekend. Who knows where, who cares. Enjoy it, cycling is fun, and yes, of course, it keeps you fit too!

CycleLove is celebrating its 2nd Birthday tomorrow evening at Look Mum No Hands (EAST). Follow the link for more information.

Happy Birthday CycleLove!